trad·​er ˈtrā-dər How to pronounce trader (audio)
: a person whose business is buying and selling or barter: such as
: a person who buys and sells (something, such as stocks or commodities futures) in search of short-term profits
: a ship engaged in the coastal or foreign trade

Examples of trader in a Sentence

She is a stock trader. early explorers and fur traders
Recent Examples on the Web Her uncle was a tribal chief but her life was forever altered when she was kidnapped from her family as a young child and enslaved by Arab slave traders, who enslaved far more Black Africans then did the Europeans. Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review, 20 Nov. 2023 Tuul & Bruno Morandi/Getty Images For centuries, traders journeyed along the ancient Silk Road, weaving westwards from China to Iran and Turkey, sharing their stories and cultures alongside textiles, tea, and perfume. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 After the report’s release, Treasury yields in the bond market tumbled immediately as traders flooded into bets that the Fed won’t hike rates again. Stan Choe, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2023 The meals were unfussy and delicious, with local touches like saskatoon-berry coulis, bison sausage, and bannock, a type of bread that was introduced by European fur traders in the 18th century and adopted into Métis culture. Carleigh Baker, Travel + Leisure, 7 Nov. 2023 Moreover, King William III — the original purchaser of Kensington Palace — was given shares in the Royal African Company by notorious slave trader Edward Colston. Simon Perry, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 With a light calendar of economic data this week, traders focused on earnings reports and the bond market: A $40 billion auction of 10-year Treasurys, slated for early afternoon, tested demand for U.S. debt. WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 On the flip side, no big surprises on the net selling front, as traders unloaded consumer staples with the economy humming along and real estate with interest rates remaining high. Bysheryl Estrada, Fortune, 3 Nov. 2023 The actual evidence suggests Ellison is both a better trader and much savvier than Bankman-Fried. Elizabeth Lopatto, The Verge, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1566, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of trader was in 1566

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“Trader.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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trad·​er ˈtrād-ər How to pronounce trader (audio)
: a person who trades
: a ship engaged in trade

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